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director. brennan has been architect and one of its biggest defenders. >> it's this surgical precision, the ability with laser-like focus to eliminate the cancerous tumor called an al qaeda terrorist. >> brennan will be facing other questions during the hearing including what he knew about enhanced interrogation, such as waterboarding when he served with the cia during the bush administration. another thing to come up, his acknowledgement he's been questioned by federal prosecutors investigating national security leaks under president obama. brennan told the senate intelligence committee in a written statement he's been told by his lawyer he's only a witness in those probes. savannah. >> michael isikoff, thank you, a member of the intelligence committee, has pressed the white house on its drone policy. senator, thank you for being with us. >> good morning. >> first question, are you satisfied after saying the president was practicing secret law and stonewalling, are you satisfied these memos are released to some members of congress? >> this is an encouraging first step. especially beca
top al qaeda leaders. this is as john brennan faces his nomination today pp a major reversal from the white house pp after years of secretsity, president obama directed to share with members of the house and senate intelligence committees a classified memo laying out the legal drowns for drone strikes targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. >> the news came after this white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who were sus secretaried al qaeda leaders such as a lackey kic al awlaki been charged for a crime. they call it a lawful ability of self defense and concluded they did not require that the target was plotting a specific attacks in the immediate future. the content contents of the memo drew sharp criticism there some legal scholars. >> it really looks like a subjective judgment by the american official who will make the call. >> and civil liberties advocates say the memo is not enough. >> it should be released to the public. if the administration is going to be claiming the authority to kill american citizens
'easter. al is going to give us more details on this coming up shortly. >>> cia director nominee john brennan faces tough questions at his confirmation hearing. big topic is certain to be drone strikes and the administration's rational for targeting americans suspected of being operational leaders of al qaeda overseas. hours before the hearing the white house is giving some members of congress a classified justice department memo detailing the legal grounds for those drone strikes. >>> today house democrats are expected to unveil their own proposals on gun control. according to the associated press, the plan calls for banning assault weapons, requiring background checks for all gun sales and barring ammunition magazines that carry more than 10 rounds. proposals come two months after the shootings at sandy hook elementary school. >>> the pentagon is cutting back the number of aircraft carriers in and around the persian gulf from two to one because of budget cuts. the move is expected to save several hundred million dollars. there have been two carriers in the region, though, for the last two y
nominee john brennan. nbc's capital hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. good morning, kelly. >> good morning, natalie. some of the country's deepest secrets were part of the intense hearings, grilling top officials over benghazi attacks and those drone strikes and that attracted protesters. >> pakistan, somalia. >> reporter: anger over targeted killings. >> please remove -- >> reporter: and senators who say the cia and white house won't give them answers. >> the committee is just stonewalled. >> reporter: john brennan, if confirmed as the next cia director. but struggled to explain if he was involved in waterboarding yet -- >> i did not stop the use of those techniques. >> reporter: he once said those techniques had saved lives but now -- >> waterboarding is something that never should have been employed. >> reporter: senators pressed outgoing leon panetta and dempsey about whether military help was too far away to rescue the slain americans. >> the biggest problem that night, senator, is that nobody really knew what was going on there. >> reporter: and republicans pounced o
and is expected to target john brennan during his cia confirmation hearings, beginning tomorrow. president obama on tuesday urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: if you think of it as a t-bone stake, the sequester is like a butcher's knife, lobbing off a big piece. republicans want to avoid the cuts but dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. the white house has made other news this week, saying the president will head to israel for the first time for the first time since taking office this spring, savannah. he is scheduled to arrive there, but the white house won't confirm the exact date. >>> chuck todd joins us now. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. >> we have known for a while the u.s. government has authorized strikes against american citizens believed to be al qaeda leaders. what we learn in this memo is the legal justification for that. some are concerned about how expansive the power is that the admi
transparency about the strikes and expected to press josh brennan, the architect of the drone policy. during his confirmation hearings tomorrow. meanwhile, with billions of dollars in crippling budget cuts that go in effect march 1st, president obama urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: what exactly is the sequester? if you think as the federal budget as a t-bone steak, it is like a butcher's knife loping off a big piece, a trillion dollars worth of domestic spending, what experts call the worst way to deal with the budget. they dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. in a few hours the president will announce his pick to replace ken salazar. she is sally jewel, maybe a familiar name for a lot of people on the west coast, ceo of the outdoor equipment giant rei recognized for her support of habitat conservation as well as outdoor recreation. savannah? >> chuck todd is the nbc white house correspondent and politic
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